The Apple Centre Brighton and Hove – called Solutions Inc – is hosting a DV in Education seminar on July 9, 2002.

The seminar's theme will be the Classroom of the Future. More than 30 educational companies will exhibit, presenting Apple's latest products with a focus on schools' use of digital video.

David Baugh, ICT (information communications technology) adviser for Denbighshire in North Wales, will run a Making an iMovie workshop.

The seminar is free and will include a host of ICT manufacturers, such as Canon.

Baugh was responsible for the British Educational Communications Technology Agency's (BECTA) DV Pilot, which issued each of 50 UK schools with an iMovie-equipped iMac and a range of Canon digital-video cameras.

Feedback from participating schools – including a young offenders institute – showed that the project resulted in an improvement in pupils' behaviour, motivation and attendance, claims BECTA.

Mike Damiano, Solutions Inc education and government sales manager, said: "Apple and BECTA feel that the use of DV across the curriculum is one of the most exciting benefits that ICT can deliver to schools. The emergence of programs such as iMovie and the lower prices of digital video cameras make this a reality.

"Traditionally Apple has been under-represented in schools across the South but this is changing thanks to products like the eMac and iMovie. The aim of the seminar is to show educators how easy the Apple technology is to use and how beneficial it can be to them and their students to inspire creativity and stimulate learning."

He added: "We will also have experts on hand for ICT advisors to quiz about putting Macs onto schools' PC networks. The majority of network administrators are in the dark about how simple it is to add and support Macs on say, an NT or Win2000 network.

"We've put together a case study and some Classroom DV bundles including training to make it easier for schools to get started that are available on our Web site."